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, jackson. i'm from holy cross. there's a bunch of us. they brought in ten total doctors, nurses, surgeons, kind of assess, triage, treat -- >> was it hard to raise the funds to make this possible? >> no, no, people want to sgiv. >> outpouring. what is your mission? what are you doing? >> right now, we're here for 20 hours. we've come, we're not going to spend the night. we're here to assess, triage. we've brought supplies. holy cross donated supplies at a moment's notice and we're here to do whatever we can. >> we don't want to hold you -- >> we'll be sending daily flights down, so -- >> terrific. thank you so much. >> appreciate it, guys. thank you. >> that's really the story from here. there are just tons of people coming in and people like anna morrison who are heading into the job of trying to help the people who could not -- they need more than can possibly could arrive. >> all right, ann and al, thanks very much. we're going to check back in with you in a couple of minutes, but first, let's get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories. natalie has the headlines. >> that's ri
-au-prince. we're going to get their reports in just a couple of minutes. >> but first, let us get you caught up on the overnight developments. the death toll unclear this morning. haitian president rene preval has said the death toll could be around 50,000, but one haitian senator believes that it could soar to as high as 500,000, and there are unconfirmed reports of at least three american deaths. there are some 45,000 americans living and working in haiti. meanwhile, the first u.s. planes carrying food, water and other supplies have started to arrive. u.s. navy ships are headed to the region, one carrying 2,000 marines to assist with security there. we're going to talk to secretary of state hillary clinton about the u.s. response to the disaster in just a moment. >>> but we want to begin on this thursday morning with ann curry, who is in port-au-prince right now, and she has the latest on the disaster. ann, good morning to you. >> reporter: matt, good morning. not since the tsunami has there been a humanitarian crisis that has needed the world's help than this one in haiti right now. it is a
't have any exact numbers now. i'm very proud of the u.s. government response. the president ordered a swift, coordinated, aggressive effort. we've got the airport open, thanks to the u.s. military. we've got our civilian search-and-rescue teams on the ground, thanks to usaid and fema. we are doing all we can to figure out how best to attack the devastation all around, and this is going to be a long-term effort. we have the immediate crisis of trying to save those lives that can be saved, to deal with the injured and the dead, to try to provide food, water, medical supplies, some semblance of shelter, and then to work with our haitian partners, the government of haiti, ngos, others to begin the rebuilding process. >> you mentioned the government of haiti. right now we know that many government buildings were badly damaged or destroyed, including the presidential palace and parliament. the president is safe, but there are legislators and ministers who are still among the missing. is the government effectively up and running at this point? is there someone in charge and are you concern
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